SHARKSThe first of Saturday's Rainbow Cup SA matches sees the Sharks and the Lions clash in Durban and the home side are favourites to make it two wins from two

 

 

 

 

Sharks v Lions, Saturday 8th May, Durban, KO 16:00 (South African time)

 

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Referees: Adriaan Jacobs, Rasta Rashivenge
TMO: Egon Seconds

 

Weather Forecast – Durban

 

Sharks:

 

The Sharks made a winning start to their Rainbow Cup campaign when they edged out the Stormers 33-30 in Cape Town last week. The Sharks were given a start of around 3.5 points on the handicap and that didn't look enough as they conceded the first 12 points of the game early doors. By half time the Sharks trailed 23-12 but they took control to take the lead 33-23 and then held on for the win. The Sharks scored 5 tries including a hat trick for Reniel Hugo whilst conceding 3.

 

Next up its the Lions and in the recently concluded Preparation Series the Sharks lost 43-40 to this opposition in Johannesburg although how much you read into results from what were essentially pre-season friendly matches is open to debate.

 

Lions:

 

The Lions started their tournament away to the Bulls who had landed the Currie Cup and Super Rugby Unlocked titles. The Lions were nowhere full strength and they went down 22-9 with Fred Zeilinga landing 3 penalties in a game that never hit the heights. The margin of defeat was slightly bigger than the pre-match handicap had suggested.

 

In Super Rugby Unlocked the Lions lost 19-16 to the Sharks in Durban, a more recent Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg ended 27-12 in the Lions favour.

 

Team News

 

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche.

Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

 

Lions: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 André Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlü Sadie, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19 Len Massyn, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Burger Odendaal

 

Head to Head:

 

Super Rugby

2020 Durban Sharks 19–16 Lions (Tries 1-1 ) (SRU)

2019 Durban Sharks 27–17 Lions (Tries 3-2 )

2019 Johannesburg Lions 5–42 Sharks (Tries 1-6 )

2018 Durban Sharks 31–24 Lions (Tries 3-3 )

2018 Johannesburg Lions 26-19 Sharks (Tries 4-3)

 

Currie Cup

2020/21 Lions 27-12 Sharks

2019 Lions 28-30 Sharks

2018 Sharks 37-21 Lions

2017 Sharks 24-10 Lions

2017 Lions 31-47 Sharks

 

 

The Betting,

 

 

Sharks -11.5 points at 9/10

Lions +12.5 points at 9/10

 

Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

Betting Angle

 

My focus here will be on points lines and any additional bets will be posted in our rugby forum thread 

 

I like this Sharks team and while the Lions should be competitive I am taking a small interest on the home team minus. 

 

Bet: 3 units Sharks -11.5 at 10/11 at Sportingbet 

 

Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

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